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A make-ahead barley salad that has plenty of bold North African flavor thanks to preserved lemon, oil-cured olives, and cilantro. Perfect for potlucks (no mayo here!), this salad is also a bonus for the host as you can make it up to two days ahead of time and refrigerate until the party starts.

Martha Stewart Living, June 2019


Credit: Petrina Tinslay

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30 mins
30 mins
Serves 8 to 10


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  • Cook barley in a large pot of generously salted boiling water until al dente, 25 to 28 minutes. Drain; let cool 10 minutes. Meanwhile, heat a medium skillet over medium; swirl in 2 tablespoons oil. Add onion and carrots; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is translucent and carrots are crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in ginger and coriander. Cook until fragrant, about 1 minute more. Transfer to a large bowl; stir in preserved lemon, olives, and lemon juice.

  • Stir barley into onion mixture. Stir in remaining 2 tablespoons oil; season with salt and pepper. Let cool about 1 hour, or cover and refrigerate up to 2 days. Stir in cilantro; serve.